Wear it Purple Day: Parliamentarians called upon to protect LGBTQIA+ young people

posted on August 26, 2020

Australian Lawyers for Human Rights (ALHR) celebrates Wear it Purple 2020, a day where schools and workplaces are encouraged to wear purple as a symbol of fostering supportive, safe, empowering and inclusive environments for LGBTIQA+ young people.  ALHR LGBT Rights Co-chair Georgia Burke said, “Studies of LGBTIQA+ students have shown that these young people represent … Read More >>

Human rights lawyers slam Latham’s Religious Discrimination Bill

posted on August 24, 2020

‎Australian Lawyers for Human Rights (ALHR) has made a submission to the NSW Joint Select Committee on Mark Latham’s Anti-Discrimination Amendment (Religious Freedoms and Equality) Bill 2020 (the Bill), condemning the proposed reforms as inconsistent with Australia’s international human rights law obligations. ALHR President Kerry Weste said, “This is a deeply flawed Bill that, if … Read More >>

Leading human rights lawyers back calls for NSW and ACT to establish Walama Court and adopt 10 year justice targets to end Indigenous imprisonment

posted on August 11, 2020

Australian Lawyers for Human Rights (ALHR) has joined calls for urgent action by the NSW and ACT Governments to address the crisis of Indigenous overrepresentation in their criminal justice systems. With recent data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) showing that Indigenous people in NSW are imprisoned at a rate of more than 10 … Read More >>

Just because you legally can, should you?

posted on June 11, 2020

The recent destruction of the significant Juukan Gorge rockshelters just days prior to National Reconciliation Week by Rio Tinto highlights the need to expediate essential reform to Western Australia’s Aboriginal Heritage Act 1972.   The rockshelters destroyed by the actions of Rio Tinto during Reconciliation Week were of significant cultural and spiritual importance to the Puutu … Read More >>

Action on manifestly unjust and illegal ‘Robodebt’ long overdue.

posted on June 2, 2020

Australian Lawyers for Human Rights (ALHR) welcomes the Federal Government’s long overdue commitment to reverse the harm caused by its illegal ‘Robodebt’ system, noting the system has destroyed lives. ALHR President Kerry Weste said, “Since the scheme was introduced in mid-2016, advocates have been consistently alerting the responsible Ministers, including the treasurer at the time, … Read More >>

Modern Discrimination highlighted: International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOBIT) 2020

posted on May 15, 2020

Australian Lawyers for Human Rights (ALHR) has issued a statement recognising  the importance of International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOBIT) this Sunday, May 17.  ALHR President Kerry Weste said, “This year’s IDAHOBIT day marks 30 years since the World Health Organisation  removed homosexuality from the Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems. While … Read More >>

Conduct of Victoria Police towards former AFL Coach Dean Laidly

posted on May 7, 2020

Australian Lawyers for Human Rights (“ALHR”) is deeply concerned  by the recent conduct of members of the Victorian Police in taking and sharing photos of a person being interviewed in custody.  Reports on news.com.au show pictures of the person wearing a blonde wig and a dress. ALHR is further concerned that members of the media … Read More >>

Australian Government must protect most vulnerable in supply chains during COVID-19 pandemic

posted on April 9, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic is having globally unprecedented impacts as nations battle the health and economic implications of the virus. The International Labour Organization estimates that around 25 million jobs might be lost worldwide, pushing people into unemployment or under-employment. This increases the vulnerability of workers to exploitation.      Australian Lawyers for Human Rights (ALHR) welcomes the … Read More >>